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Stopped by a mountain
Submitted by Tiffany on 24 July, 2009 - 12:35
We have been camping out in the montains close to the Chinese border. I had hoped to make it to the hot springs near the summit but admitted defeat on a particularly nasty stretch of boulders, loose rocks and a river running down the track that I had to go through. So we camped by the side of the river- I was reassured by the fact that the locals assured me they had never seen a woman on amotorbike so don't feel I have let the side down.
In fact they were treating us as a tourist attraction and coming to our camping spot to inspect Thelma and chat to us, the chatting being a bit limited, but lots of pointing at the engine and me writing relevant figures in the dust on Thelma's tank - usually maximum speed, how far from England to Kyrgyrstan and how much did Thelma cost.
For once there was a lot of wood around - it looks like the Alps round here - green valleys and forests of conifers, so we collected driftwod and dead branches for a fire - which was welcome at 2500metres as yet again it was a chilly night. still trying to find a happy medium between cold mountain nights and warm, insct-filled lakeside nights.